Each of us has a story to tell. It may be of a time long
ago, or the present, or everything in between. It may be direct and literal,
bound to inescapable reality, or a flight of fantasy, rich with
metaphor and symbolism. It may be as long as War and Peace or as short as a
haiku. You decide what your story is and how to tell it.
Do you want to write a memoir, a short story, a novel, a
poem? Do you have some other form in mind? Writing seems easy until we actually
sit down and face that blank page. There is a plethora of resources to get you started, and some of them can be found through the Books link on the left of this page. Look there for inspiration, but it also helps
to set reachable goals. Filling the hundreds of pages needed for a novel seems
impossible when a single blank page is such a challenge. But what if you don’t
need a novel to express yourself? What about a short story, or a poem,
or something even shorter.
One of the more interesting writing challenges I’ve seen is
the 6 word memoir. Mine would be something like “Worked hard. Played harder.
Still going.” Two of my favorites from friends and colleagues are “Did things
halfway,” and “Never learned to play by the rules,” both being perfectly
crafted violations of the rules. So write! Write something short, then move on
to something longer.
As with all creativity, what you need to express is much
more important than what others will think.